The National Statistics Office (ONS) said initial estimates show that the number of paid workers fell 1.9% year on year in June to 28.4 million, and 0.3% compared to in the previous month.
He said the rate of job losses appeared to have slowed in June, as demand for universal credit from the unemployed and low-income fell 28,100 between May and June to 2.6 million.
But the number of applicants has more than doubled since March – up 112.2% or 1.4 million – a sign of the worsening of the employment crisis.
ONS said unemployment fell by 17,000 between March and May to 1.35 million, with the rate unchanged at 3.9%.
Experts said this masked a drop in employment, down from 126,000 in the quarter to 32.95 million, with a rate falling to 76.4%.
With 9.4 million people on leave classified as employed, the real impact should not be demonstrated until after the end of the current support program in October.